It’s time for this week’s installment of Wall St. Winners – reviews of downtown street food vendors by FiDi Mama of the Money Grub blog. Unfortunately, this is the last review being done by FiDi Mama because she recently moved out of the Financial District and will be doing other things (like raising her child).
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This week’s Wall St. Winner is the Jamaican Curry cart on Whitehall. What makes them a Wall St. Winner? Find out after the jump.
“Jamaican Curry Cart on Whitehall”
Location: Whitehall between Bridge and Pearl, in front of One Battery Park Plaza
Diners: Local office workers of all races. There was even a snooty blond fashionista on line.
Grub: Stew beef roti = $6
Review: This must be the slowest cart in New York. One grumpy woman, dressed in green hospital scrubs, a clashing green cap and an apron in another shade of green, takes her time dishing out the curries. When we arrived, there were only 2 or 3 people in front of us, but it still took over 5 minutes to get to the front of the line. And then she had to take a phone call. But man, this grumpy woman makes a mean curry! Boneless beef is stewed in a traditional brown-n-yellow curry sauce with potatoes and chick peas. It has a bright tanginess that you don’t get in an Indian curry. I went for the extra hot sauce too. The roti pancake tastes homemade and looks to have specks of corn or semolina between the layers. Chicken curry seems to be popular too, but it’s mostly dark meat on the bone. Those in the know get the goat curry. I’m told it runs out quickly. Not sure if her call ahead system really works, but she lists this number on the menu: 646-436-9974. Get there before noon if you don’t want to stand in a line all day.
Rating: I’d go back next week. 4 (out of 4) pitas.